Item 004 - Ape

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Ape

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Barbary Macaque

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Macaca sylvanus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-004

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    Paillou, Peter, approximately 1720-approximately 1790

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm + 1 leaf

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(approximately 1720-approximately 1790)

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Peter Paillou was born in London into a Huguenot family and was recognised in his own time as an eminent ‘bird painter’. In 1744 he began to paint for Taylor White and worked for him for almost thirty years, painting chiefly birds and mammals. He painted as well for Robert More, Joseph Banks, and for the Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant. Many of his paintings of birds were used as the basis for book illustrations, often engraved by his colleague and fellow Huguenot, Peter Mazell. Paillou was elected to the Society of Artists and in 1763 he exhibited ‘A Piece of Birds, in Watercolours; the Hen of the Wood and Cock of the Red Game’. In 1778, to considerable approval, he also showed a picture of ‘A Horned Owl from Peru’, completely made from feathers.

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Drawing of a Barbary Macaque from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Northern Algeria, Morocco, and Gibraltar.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: No. 2 A Female Ape it belongs to the Duke of Cumberland and was too large beast to be painted of its natural size.

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Mammals Volume 1, Painting 4

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  • Volume: Mammals v.1 (of 6)